Sunday 2 May 2021

In memory of Ruby the Westie

Hello, crafting friends!

I am very proud to be guesting at Pixies Snippets Playground today, particularly because it is a Ruby's Memory challenge. Ruby was a little Westie rescued by Lynne In NI, one of the Playground's regulars. The little dog was a much-loved family member for many years before sadly passing in December last year. With permission from Lynne, Di from the Playground decided to set up a challenge in her memory, where players could donate prizes and Di would match the amount as a donation to the charity that rescued Ruby.

The challenge is to make a card using up snippets of paper and/or card and any other little snippets you might have lying about. My card uses the last of some free papers I got from this year's Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration promotion. 

I loved the leafy paper and this is the very last piece! It was trimmed to size with a stitched rectangle die from Heffy Doodle. The sentiment is from WPlus9's Strictly Sentiments 2, stamped on an offcut of white card and cut out with a nesting label die from The Works. I've definitely stamped it wonkily but, as I said to Di, that seems appropriate for the times we're living in!

The flowers are cut out of another of the papers and I think they look so chubby and cheerful! There's always a design in a pack of papers that you're not so keen on and cutting elements out of it can often be a great way to use it.

As a little extra, I made a little Sour Cream container with another off-cut of paper and decorated it with one of the left-over cut-out flowers. These take very little paper and are so useful as gift wrapping for small gifts.

The prizes I donated are the sentiment set I used on my card, as well as the cutest little doggy set from Clearly Besotted called Dog Years.  To win them, you simply need to complete three steps:

• Use the Linky Tool there to enter ONE card using snippets of designer paper and/or card
• Leave a comment stating that you'd like to enter the prize draw. 

I'm linking this card up with Dawn's Occasions challenge at Watercooler Wednesday. Addicted to Stamps and More also have an Any Occasion challenge so I'm also playing along there.

About four months ago, we met a little dog on the fields at the back of our house. She was found with her siblings in a cardboard box, abandoned on a Romanian street, and was rescued, brought to England and homed with a lady who lives locally. When we met this pup, she was terrified, hiding in a hedge and barking hysterically. I have never known any dog be able to resist Eva though and, sure enough, this little dog quickly understood that she was no threat. Humans though were a different matter and the dog made it quite clear that I was to keep my distance. It has been four months since we first met this dog and I can report that yesterday, for the first time, she came up to me, tail wagging, and allowed me to pet her. I am as proud as can be!

Sending hugs,


  1. Your card and Sour Cream container are so beautiful Vicky, gorgeous papers beautifully used. OH! how wonderful that the little dog is becoming trusting of humans, isn't awful to see dogs so afraid. The owner must be showering her with love. Thanks for the story.
    Faith x

  2. Lovely Snippets card and sweet little sour cream container
    (had forgotten about those, but they ARE useful!).

    Congrats on being Di's Guest on Ruby's Challenge.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  3. I'm so delighted to have you as our Guest Designer in combination with Ruby's Challenge Vicky. Wonderful card as well as the very generous prizes - that's a further £25 to the rescue charity. And how lovely about the dear little dog finally learning to trust humans. Mind you. if I was a dog, I would know that you and Eva are the very best!

    Hugs, thanks and love

    Di xx

  4. Two beautiful makes Vicky,so nice to read about the rescue dog starting to trust you

  5. A really super card Vicky, very Spring like, great background and lovely dies.

    Kath x

  6. I love what you have created with the papers Vicky, and what a super prize for such a good cause. The happy dog story is the icing on the cake xxx

  7. What a lovely card, Vicky! The colours work so beautifully together. A great design. Thanks so much for linking to our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge and sharing with us.

  8. What a lovely idea for the challenege. I do love your design

  9. Wonderful card and your Sour Cream container is really beautiful! Love this!


  10. What a lovely card design Vicky.

    Hugs diane

    Years ago I had two Scottish Terriers, one chewed one shoe on 4 different pairs.

  11. Beautiful card, I love the colour combo. How wonderful the rescue dog is starting to trust you xx

  12. What a lovely fresh, spring design, Vicky and I love the extra little gift bag you made too! What a happy ending for your tale of the rescued dog from Romania. My next door neighbour has one too and it will not tolerate men who she must associate with beatings, poor thing. It took a couple of months before she would stay in the same room if a man came in.
    Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM
    Carol x


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